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In July, Carlisle Events in partnership with Carlisle Auctions, announced the Bill Miller Collection…
In July, Carlisle Events in partnership with Carlisle Auctions, announced the Bill Miller Collection and auction as a featured element of the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction (September 29-30). As part of this auction, Mr. Miller, co-owner and co-founder of Carlisle Events, will be auctioning 20 collector cars (many original and with low mileage), while also offering a treasure trove of parts, merchandise, collectibles, literature, and more. The automotive part of the auction is happening at 3 p.m. on September 29 at the Carlisle Expo Center (100 K St.), but it’s the collectibles and merchandise on September 26-27 (1188 Spring Rd.) at 10 a.m. daily that require your immediate attention!
Across the country, flea markets and swap meets alike are packed with items that one person has enjoyed or utilized for a period of time, only to end up on a table to be sold for the next person to do the same with. Mr. Miller’s life-long collection of items has been stored away and in most cases never opened. As such no one has seen them, and they haven’t been available to anyone for years.
"This is stuff that nobody's seen in 30-60 years,” said Miller. “This is the interesting thing. These are items that haven't been to swap meets across the country. This is all fresh stuff that I've had for all these years."
After a private preview tour of the merchandise by Mr. Miller, it became abundantly clear how literal his comments were about the pristine, originality, and uniqueness of many of these items. The room includes boxes of toy cars that dealerships would give a customer when they bought a real sized version of that car, a new and never fired late ‘80s era engine from a Corvette Challenge car, ‘70s era AMT Snow Sled with trailer, a boat motor, vintage scuba gear, literature, automotive emblems, automotive promo reels, slides, books, porcelain and neon signs, bikes, Hess trucks, posters, and more. For music lovers there are records and record players, 8-track and cassette tapes with players, and CDs too. Have an 8-track player but looking to play a cassette tape? There’s a converter for that too.
A brief video tour and interview with Mr. Miller showcasing the items and their history is available by way of the Carlisle Events YouTube channel and more details about the auction are available at CarlisleAuctions.com.
The in person only merchandise sale is being backed by Elmer Murry Auctions. Preview times for the collectibles are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the 26th and 27th. In addition, those interested in bidding can register in person during the preview time slots. There is no cost to register to bid, no fees associated with the sale, and no reserves. Some items may be sold in bulk, while others will sell per item. Payment is expected by the winning bidder prior to the removal of items and at this time, cash or check are the confirmed methods of payment. Limited free parking will be available at the 1188 Spring Rd. facility, but ample/additional free parking options exist less than 1/4 mile north by way of two Carlisle Events operated parking lots.
For complete details on the automotive portion of the Bill Miller Collection, including photos, links to register to bid, etc., visit CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400 today.
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by eBay Motors celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2022 and its only fi …
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by eBay Motors celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2022 and its only fitting that the August 25-27 event also became the single biggest Corvettes at Carlisle ever! With a Fun Field turnout of 2,926 Corvettes, this year’s offering topped 2019 and furthered the legend that is the biggest and best all-Corvette car show in the world!
Gates opened at 7 a.m. on Thursday the 25th for the three-day celebration of America’s Sports Car and it was obvious early on that the event would be history making. Guests were on-site before the sun came up and not only was Canada represented for the first time since 2019, but nearly 40 other states were too. There were even guests at Carlisle from the Netherlands. They came for the camaraderie, they came to meet Team Chevrolet and see their new cars, they came to shop for parts, they came for the seminars and guests, and they even came to see the special displays.
Displays for 2022 included a Chip’s Choice collection that hosted a half dozen Pratt & Miller Factory Racing Corvettes plus retired Corvette Racing crew chief Dan Binks. There was also a 50th spotlight of 1972 Corvettes, and even a 35th gathering of Callaway Cars. Best of all, Pete Callaway and his dad Reeves were on-site to mix and mingle with their namesake cars and their owners. The NCRS and NCCC also welcomed some of the best of the best Corvettes as part of their respective area.
Competitions were also a big part of the show, including People’s Choice/Best of Show presented by Aerolarri Wheels, King of the X autocross presented by Lingenfelter Performance, a rolling exhaust contest, and some club contests for both largest and coolest club. As was the case with the Callaway display, Ken Lingenfelter was on hard to be part of the recognition for the autocross winners.
Other popular attractions included how-to seminars hosted by GM Master Technician Paul Koerner and his Corvette Mechanic team, a Cheers to 40 Years round table discussion, Team Chevrolet interactions at their tent, their flood of Z06 Corvettes and 70th Anniversary C8 Corvette walk-arounds at the stage, and the always well attended autograph sessions.
Corvettes at Carlisle also hosted some charity elements by way of the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation (CMAF). On Friday, the CMAF held its annual benefit dinner where nearly $40,000 was raised by way of donations, door prizes, and raffles. In addition, via a partnership with the Lancaster County Corvette Club, a 2022 2LT Corvette C8 was awarded. Dollars raised from that giveaway supported both the CMAF and Clare House.
It all wrapped up with an awards presentation at the stage on Saturday afternoon for contest winners, followed by the on-site awards parade. From there, nearly 500 Corvettes roared off grounds and into the community as part of the Downtown Carlisle Corvette Parade and Street Party. An estimated crowd of nearly 5,000 spectators, including many children, watched in amazement as they not only saw the wheels in motion, but were able to pose for photos in front of or sit in the cars too.
While Corvettes at Carlisle has concluded for 2022, plans are ongoing for the 2023 event. The showcase returns August 24-26 and will feature a 50th Anniversary of 1973 Corvettes, NCCC 7-Sanctions judging, the NCRS Gallery and a TBA Chip’s Choice display. Registration is now open and complete info will be forthcoming online at CarlisleEvents.com.
The Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores has been taking place at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds…
The Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores has been taking place at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds since 1991. During that time, participation has fluctuated, with the occasional new Showfield record being set. What’s occurred for this event spanning the last ten years and more so the last two, has been nothing short of amazing. Dating back to 2013, this gathering of all things truck has more than doubled and in 2022 (August 5-7), a new Showfield record was set with 2,595 registered rides, including a new record of 213 big rigs as part of the Big Rig Show and Shine. This is the second consecutive year a truck Showfield record was set and overall, the event has seen a nearly 900 truck increase since 2019.
Gates opened at 7 a.m. daily for families, truck owners, and truck lovers from the region to enjoy all that the event had to offer. This included a low truck “skate parade,” tractor parade, multiple competitions for drivers, and displays indoors and out that featured some of the coolest trucks on the planet. Many first-time participants marveled at the diverse make up of the Showfield; from tractors to mini trucks, cool custom vans to fire trucks, lifted monsters to chopped originals, the event really had it all. There were even parts shopping options within the automotive flea market and midway, plus installs by way of A&A Auto Stores
In addition, the Monster Truck showcase with Diehl Wilson and his crew packed the grandstands for multiple shows between Friday and Sunday. Wilson, known for his time piloting the Virginia Giant, served as host to rides with his truck, plus emcee as Full Boar and Bad News Travels Fast soared through the air and crushed cars. Further, there were motorcycle stunt shows with Freestyle FMX riders and Moto Motion riders too. The freestyle riders soared through the area showcasing their daredevil skills, while Moto Motion’s riders used their trials bikes to exhibit amazing balance and showoff some stunts of their own.
On the Big Rig side of things, not only were the trucks on display, but companies were onsite hiring and looking to fill out staffing needs. Jobs didn’t just involve driving or having a CDL. Companies like Lily, NAPA Transportation, S&H Express, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc., NHH Services, Inc., FIT Transportation, and UPS were on site also looking to hire dock workers and other staff for their warehouses.
Rigs also served as the backdrop and soundtrack for Saturday’s Carlisle after dark showcase. This evening celebration included a drop and drag contest by the low trucks, a laughter and fun filled party with the Vanners, and the Big Rig glow show. The glow show allows guests a chance to check out the cool light displays, interiors, and sounds of the rides that help move America.
There were a trifecta of locations spotlighting displays too. This included Building Y (SyTys at Carlisle), Building T (S10’s, antique fire trucks, and featured display trucks), plus the pavilion (Vanarama 10). Finally, the S10 got a little extra love at Carlisle in 2022, with a two-show spotlight as part of its 40th anniversary (also featured at the Carlisle GM Nationals in June).
While the Carlisle Truck Nationals have concluded for 2022, many owners and guests are making plans for 2023. This includes vendors who saw much success within the automotive flea market and show truck owners who were part of the record setting Showfield. Planning is already underway for the 2023 show, so save the date. The Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores returns to Carlisle August 4-6! Call 717-243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com for details about this event and everything else happening in America’s Automotive Hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
For three days in August more Corvettes converge to one central location than anywhere else on the planet. Corvettes …
For three days in August more Corvettes converge to one central location than anywhere else on the planet. Corvettes at Carlisle presented by eBay Motors is August 25-27 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and between the cars parked on grounds and those registered for the Fun Field, over 5,000 Corvettes will be present. Mix those 5,000 in with nearly 60,000 guests, and it makes for quite the showcase of America’s Sports Car!
Not only will every generation of Corvette be on display, but there’s an automotive flea market packed with the latest aftermarket Corvette items, plus a nice mix of original items too. There’s also Corvettes for sale within the car corral for anyone looking to pick up their first or next speed machine.
Seminars and autograph sessions are also a big part of the show, with GM certified technician Paul Koerner and his Corvette Mechanic crew onsite. Playing to a packed Corvette Mechanic team garage within Building R, they’ll leave no question unanswered. Seminars include how to buy your first car, diagnostics on all generations, and more. Further, Corvette guests including Team Chevrolet will also be positioned in Building R where they’ll sign autographs and meet showgoers, while the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation will set up shop in a tent just off IF row (space 74). Visit the CMAF to register for TWO amazing Corvettes, including a Z06 (sweepstakes car awarded October 1) and a 2LT (raffle car awarded at 7 p.m. on August 27).
Corvettes at Carlisle also welcomes some very special cars to the show, including a Callaway showcase that includes “Sledgehammer,” an 880hp Corvette that was recognized for 11 consecutive years as the fastest street-legal Corvette. In addition, on stage, Corvettes at Carlisle welcomes the first Corvettes that Carlisle Events co-owners/co-founders Chip Miller and Bill Miller showcased at the very first Corvettes at Carlisle in 1982. There will also be a “Cheers to 40 Years” celebration on the stage with Bill and Lance Miller (no relation). The celebration also welcomes a few industry professionals who plan to discuss how things have evolved over the last 40 years and what goes into planning the largest Corvette car show in the world.
Those cars join Team Chevrolet, a 50-year reunion of 1972 Corvettes, the NCRS Gallery, NCCC 7-Sanctions judging, Chip’s Choice featuring Pratt & Miller/Factory Corvette Race Cars, and more in Carlisle. Speaking of people joining cars, the Pratt & Miler display in Building T welcomes Dan Binks, retired crew chief for Corvette Racing. Binks directed many of the cars guests will see in the display while they were on the track and his career spans more than 40 years, including leading Corvette Racing team from 2002 until his 2020 retirement. Not only will Binks be appearing, he’ll be signing autographs and hosting a Q&A discussion specific to each display car.
Finally, there are some great prizes on the line too. Lingenfelter Performance presents the King of the X autocross competition, where two winners will take home $500 each; the Ron Fellows Driving School is giving away an experience at their Nevada venue; Aerolarri Wheels presents four of its best to the People’s Choice winner; and the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation in partnership with the Lancaster County Corvette Club will award the aforementioned 2LT in conjunction with Saturday’s Pennsylvania Lottery Pick 3 drawing. A portion of the proceeds benefit Claire House.
Online registration for the Fun Field is available through Sunday, August 21, with in person registration options available throughout the event. In addition, spectator admission is $20 for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted FREE. Call 717-243-7855 to learn more or visit Corvettes at Carlisle online today.
Bill Miller, Jr. co-founded Carlisle Events in 1974. While his name has been attached to America’s Automotive Hometown of Ca …
Bill Miller, Jr. co-founded Carlisle Events in 1974. While his name has been attached to America’s Automotive Hometown of Carlisle, Pennsylvania for nearly 50 years, his passion for all things automotive goes back to his early years as an enthusiast. As one can imagine, someone as passionate as Bill has amassed quite the collection of automotive items and as part of this year’s Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction, select pieces of that collection can be yours!
The Bill Miller Collection is so big that it will take THREE DAYS to offer it all and span two venues in Carlisle! On September 26-27 at 10 a.m. each day, Miller plans to offer thousands of items, parts, merchandise, collectibles, and more as part of the first half of his collection sale. These items include literature, car parts, signage, showroom banners from his dealership days, bikes, toys, a snowmobile (with snowmobile trailer), shirts, fairgrounds collectibles, pictures, posters, and even some autographed items. In short, this is a 60+ year collection from a man who is just as much a part of the automotive fabric of our country as Henry Ford, the Dodge Brothers, and Louis Chevrolet.
Along with the two-day merchandise sale, Miller will also move 20+ classic and collector cars across the auction block on Thursday, September 29 at approximately 3 p.m. These lots span from the 1930’s to the 2000’s and are low milage and in some cases, one owner cars. In addition, per Bill Miller’s automotive tastes, they are original too. After all, according to him, “they were only original once.”
Miller has identified a pair of Kaiser Darren’s for the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction, two 1981 VW trucks, including one that’s never been titled and a 1958 Cadillac two-door hard top with 12,000 original miles and original tires; quite possibly the finest one that money could buy. Also heading to auction is his 1936 Ford pickup, one that many Carlisle guests have seen him drive at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, a 1972 VW Bug convertible, a 1938 Chrysler Royal Convertible, a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS with 11,000 miles, a 1953 Kaiser Manhattan Sedan with 20,000 original miles, 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with 27,000 original miles, 1985 Chevrolet El Camino with 60,000 original miles, 1987 Chevrolet El Camino with 8,000 original miles, and more.
“I have been collecting cars, parts, and memorabilia all my life,” said Miller. “It is time to part with my collection so many other hobbyists can enjoy these treasures just as I have. I have owned some cars more than 50 years so here is an opportunity to own some great original automobiles,” continued Miller. “I have been a purist for collecting original cars as they are only original once. I just love how the factories built them with precision and accuracy and you’ll love them too!”
The merchandise sale takes place in and around the former Smith’s Appliance Building. This facility is located at 1188 Spring Rd. in Carlisle and is just across the street from the Fairgrounds Diner and Desperate Times Brewery. The car collection will be positioned for preview and sale at the Carlisle Expo Center, located at 100 K. St. While each sale is part of the Bill Miller Collection, they will be managed separately. Merchandise will be sold through a third-party auctioneer, while the cars will be managed by Carlisle Auctions.
The merchandise will be auctioned at no reserve and there will be no fees associated with bidding or buying. Cash or charge will be accepted, and bidder registration will take place in person on September 26-27. Meanwhile, industry standard auction rules and practices may apply for the automotive portion of the collection on September 29, including pre-registration for bidders.
To learn more, register to bid or simply ask questions, call 717-960-6400 or visit CarlisleAuctions.com.
Book online or call (800) 216-1876